17th May 2020

Unified Opposites of Wholeness

“And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’”
Matthew 17:2-4 (NRSV UK)

As a child, you probably played with magnets, and marvelled when two positive sides or two negatives repelled each other, as if by an invisible hand. But flip one magnet over to the negative side and they easily attached themselves. The idea that opposites are good and necessary is not a new one; we need the dark of night as much as we need light, and for many, the cold of winter helps us appreciate summer warmth. The idea of wholeness and unity means encompassing opposites—like brokenness and healing.

The Transfiguration shows us how Jesus unifies us. In this story (see scripture above), Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, and while there, Jesus’ appearance changed. In the vision, God shows that, in Jesus, the Law (represented by Moses) and Prophets (represented by Elijah) have been united and fulfilled. God confirmed this by saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” (verse 5).

The Law with all its rules, and the Prophets lamenting how God’s people fall short, may seem like opposites, just like magnets. The Law set up expectations, and the Prophets reported how people just couldn’t keep those expectations. But in Jesus, these two opposites are brought together and unified. He fulfilled all these expectations.

This example can give us hope because we, too, are full of opposites. We want to do good and love our neighbour, but we often fall short. Jesus takes and unifies these opposites, our brokenness and our strengths, and he makes us whole and complete. God tells us to listen to Jesus and pay attention to the way he has extended grace and reconciliation to all. The Beloved Son holds humanity in his grasp, and God is well-pleased.

Gracious Father, you take our brokenness and heal us in and through Jesus Christ. Thank you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Heber Ticas


About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintent of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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